Quote:Hi Tom,That's looking great. how are you joining the edges of the gores prior to fibreglassing?Cheers,Keith
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Quote:My shield is 3/4" plywood band sawn 3/4" wide so it fits the curve of the walls. Then a piece of 1/4 plywood was sawn 2" wide and stapled to the 3/4" plywood strips. The lights can only shine on the walls (they are not up yet in this photo) and on the floor. The rope lights come with little plastic clips. I screwed them to the bottom of the plywood, and then just snapped the lights in place. I have used these rope lights before, and you can dim them down to almost nothing. Since we are visual observers, we like it dark inside to keep our dark adaption as good as it can be. The new dome will have nearly perfect lighting, and it only sticks out 1" from the wall.Yes, it is a little early to be adding the lights to this project, but now is the time of year when you can find them at very reasonable prices.By the way, when the dome is fiberglassed and the steel walls are up, everything inside will be painted flat black. Inside the dome is far darker than outside - for dark adaption.
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